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How To Be A Popular And Effective CEO

How To Be A Popular And Effective CEO

Becoming a CEO is the utmost jump and nearly the highest achievement that an executive can make in his or her career. However, we rarely look at the other side of this station — the side that entails all the new challenges a CEO has to face in leading the company towards success.

One of the most difficult challenges faced after taking the leadership seat is becoming popular and effective for the organization. Most business leaders aren’t sure if being popular amongst the employees or being effective CEO leadership will give their company the boost it deserves. For most of CEOs, creating a balance between popularity and effectiveness is crucial. Some of them might get strict on their employees in an effort of enhancing effectiveness but in the long run they end up with losing a grip on the team. Others will go for popularity by losing effectiveness in the working. Creating a balance between these two is important for every CEO, to learn in the quest of meeting the company’s vision.

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Here are a few guidelines on how to become a popular and effective CEO and how to create a balance between these two:

1. Empower your team.

Empowering your team is one of the ways to become a popular CEO and still maintaining effectiveness. This can be achieved by letting each member of the team know that what they are supposed to do, teaching them how to do it and letting them do it by themselves. What CEOs should avoid is micromanaging; how their team members perform their duties- telling them how to get their job done. This however, does not mean that the CEOs should not get involved. On the contrary, they should by discussing their high-level goals with the team members, sharing their expectations and letting them know they are there to help them. They should then leave them to discover how to accomplish these goals on their own.

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2. Work hard but smart

Success is mostly an outcome of hard work. However, working hard and not smart enough will not have much reward. As a frontrunner, a CEO must recognize the difference between working hard and working smart; not just for themselves, but for those they lead.

Good CEOs lead their team in achieving that which is of importance to the company and filter out that which is not. They will keep the team focused on the things that will drive more value to them. One way of achieving this is celebrating the moments when company makes a big achievement. They make it a culture to work hard, perform harder, which improves their popularity among the team and at the same time boosts the team effectiveness.

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3. Manage expectations

Transparency and communication is another strategy that can help in building self-popularity and effectiveness of your team. Each member of the team needs to know what do you expect from your team. Regularly inform your members what is working, what is not and how they should deal with it. It is also of importance to acknowledge the efforts of those making things happen and recommend improvements to those, not achieving much. In doing this, each team member understands what is happening and what role they should play in it.

4. Get inspired

Great CEOs never stop learning. They encourage their team members to learn something new each day. To achieve this, you can have meetings or forums, maybe in the morning when the members of your team meet and share. You can also use this forum to teach them things that will help them manage their duties, teach them more about the products and service the company offers and much more. In doing this you will broaden each other’s view on topics outside the wheelhouse of knowledge helping in team bonding and effectiveness.

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5. Delegate work

As much as we would love to do everything on our own and to our own standards, we just can’t. It’s simply not possible. Popular and effective CEOs understand that he cannot work alone and he identifies individuals in the team who are gifted in certain skills and delegate some of their duties to them. This raises trust among the team and enhances effectiveness.

6. Motivate the team through despair

There will be mountains along your way to success; that’s life. Good CEOs are able to take these moments of despair and keep their team focused to the company’s vision. They are able to steer the team forward and face these challenges head on. They keep the team motivated despite all. These are the popular and effective CEOs.

7. Have an uncanny ability to say no

As a CEO, you will be inundated with a number of requests from members of your team or potential customers. Some will sound wonderful and it would be easier to say “YES” but it would be harder to say “NO” to those that are not as pleasing. However, CEOs who have an uncanny ability to say NO will be able to explain why a particular request won’t go through without making the team members feel demoralized. They uphold their relations with members of their team and maintain their effectiveness.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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